Front row: Mr. Paul Fiorentini, Jessica O'Brien, Felicity Downes, Scralett Harkin, Hannah Doyle, Amy Doherty, Laura Doherty, Aine Kelly, Hollie McLaughlin, Echo McNally, Ms. Claire Doherty, Erin Doherty, Ciara Fagan, Mr. Mark Spencer
Back row: Jessica Harkin, Niall Fogarty, Roy Davison, Odhrán McLaughlin, Tanya McLaughlin, Amy Harkin, Emily Molyneaux, Mary McCloskey
Kate Doherty presents the John Doherty Memorial Award - The Spirit of TY - to Aoife Bell, Fourth Year
This year marks the launch of a new award and one that is very special to all the staff of Carndonagh Community School. The John Doherty Memorial Award honours the memory of a former teacher in our school, an esteemed colleague and more than anything else, a friend. John was a committed French teacher, but as much as he loved French, his great passion was hill-walking and mountaineering.
John taught Outdoor Pursuits to TY students and together, they spent many an afternoon rambling over the hills and mountains of Donegal. Because John shared his passion for the mountain with the TYs, it was felt that it would be fitting that an award in his memory should go to a TY student. The personal attributes that help a climber reach the summit are the same qualities that help us overcome the challenges faced on the mountain of life.
Aoife Bell is the first recipient of the John Doherty Memorial Award. Aoife did not ask what Transition Year could do for her, but rather, what she could do for TY. The embodiment of all that is good about TY, Aoife embraced all opportunities from the outset. A highly motivated and organised individual, Aoife took on the AIB Build a Bank Challenge and demonstrated that she can complete tasks alone or as part of a team. She also undertook the Gaisce challenge and was awarded the Gaisce Bronze Award last November. A selfless girl, whenever help was needed in the school, Aoife was always the first to volunteer. This altruism was manifest also in the time she spent visiting the elderly in the local hospital after school, for which she received the John Paul II Award. Her pleasant personality and bright smile made the journey easier for her fellow travellers in TY, pupils and teachers alike. Aoife Bell is a very worthy recipient of the John Doherty Memorial Award – The Spirit of TY.
Ms Nabla McGeehin
A group of big-hearted slimmers from Carndonagh are celebrating raising €1070 for special educational needs by losing 43 1/2 stones in six weeks. The members of the Carndonagh Slimming World group were sponsored to lose weight by friends and family as part of the club's Slim for Good campaign.
The group's proud consultant Roisin Mc Colgan says "I'm so proud of what the members in the group have achieved during the last six weeks and supporting a worthwhile cause like the Carndonagh Community School Special Needs Department has given everyone a focus and real commitment to their weight loss goals. For many members, being sponsored has been a great way to kick-start their weight loss, and for others it's been a boost to help them stay on track. At Slimming World we pride ourselves on the care and support we give each other to lose weight – we're known as the club with the big heart! So when members started talking about raising money for this cause, and as one of our members is a student - our very own Leah - there really was no stopping us!"
Slimming World group runs every Thursday in the Colgan Hall at 9.30am & 7.30pm. For more information, call Roisin on 087 7658900.
NOTICE TO PARENTS / GUARDIANS
Re. Certificates for Leaving Cert. and Junior Cert.
The State Examinations Commission has now resolved the issues that delayed the issue of State Examination Certificates for Junior Cert. & Leaving Cert. since 2006.
For Students who sat the Leaving Cert & Junior Cert. in 2010 & 2011:
Certificates will be distributed to pupils at school on Monday 22nd April in the Coffee Dock at 3.20. ( These pupils are still in attendance at school. )
For Students who sat the State Examinations between 2006 and 2011:
Certificates for candidates who sat the Junior Cert, Leaving Cert & Leaving Cert Applied examinations in the period 2006 – 2011 will only be issued on request to the State Examinations Commission.. Applications can be made using the free On-Line Certificate Ordering Application on www.examinations.ie which will open on 10th April 2013 and will remain available until 31st December 2013.
NB: The school has no role in distributing Certificates for the 2006 -2011 State Exams.
Photo Album - Fourth Year Prefects and TYs REACH trip to Belfast on Friday, 12th April. Visit to Peace Line, Crumlin Road Gaol, Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, Shankhill Road followed by McDonald's and Bowling.
Anyone who has been involved in the life of CCS over the past twenty years will probably be familiar with the ZODIAC newsletter. ZODIAC is now available online as a downloadable PDF. The newsletter is published twice during each term - shortly before mid-term and at the end of term.
The material is particularly relevant to current pupils, parents and staff; but for nostalgic past-pupils/staff, it's also a must-read!
Congratulations to CCS pupils who received the John Paul II Award on Tuesday, 19th March for completing voluntary work in their local parishes and communities.
Back row (l-r) Ms Serena Doherty (School Chaplain), Bridgeen Doherty, Aoife Bell and Paul Fiorentini (Principal)
Front row (l-r) Dion McDaid, Connie Ann Hession and Fergal Doherty
Three TY Enterprise groups represented the school in Letterkenny on Thursday, 7th March - Perfect Pets, Burgundy T-Shirts and Krafty Klutch. Despite returning with no prizes, a fun and entertaining day was had by all. The boys in particular had plenty of female attention as you can see from their display stand - NOBODY THERE!
Sarah Brophy (TYD) was all smiles on Friday, 22nd February as she picked up a medal for bowling at the Ulster Special Olympics in Belfast. Sarah was deadly accurate in lane six and it's clear that there's plenty more metal to be won by this young bowling starlet.
Well done Sarah!
Special Olympics Online (Ulster Branch)